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5 Daily Practices to Help You Write

Poetry reading I watched this TED Talk  and have started putting his five daily practices into action. Years ago, whilst doing a Meditation course in Paris, I used to write down things I was grateful for daily, but, I got lazy. At the time I knew this sort of action worked and could actually make you happier, but I wasn't sure what I wanted so didn't know what kind of life to create or imagine for myself. Watch the...

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What 'winning' Nanowrimo means to me.

At first I thought that what I wrote wasn't too bad and started imagining how quickly I can put Betty and Alabama out there in the publishing world as 'real'. Then, of course, I finished reading Jo Nesbo's The Devil's Star and I realised that my 50,000 words towards Polaroid Nights needs a) another 50,000 words, and b) some really excellent research and thinking-through of the perpetrator and crimes because c) I pretty much wrote it just from some odd...

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Nanowrimo euphoria… sort of.

I am still Nanowrimo'ing - we are three days away from November 30th and the 50,000 word goal. I'm at 44,913 words, so I am quietly confident that I can get the remaining 5,000-odd words down. Of course, that's not to say that what I've written is useable, editable or even comprehensible. I've shifted around with no transitions, I've introduced characters only to have them fade into the mist, I've changed point of view with no consistency. But that's probably how...

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Nanowrimo lament

She who will not sleep at bedtime       I am still NaNoWriMo'ing - today is half way day, Day 15 of 30 so by midnight tonight I should technically be at 25,000 words.I'm at 21,263 and I am not sure I can manage 3,737 words in one day. In fact, I'm pretty sure I can't. However, I am trying. Despite the 5-year-old who won't go to bed until 9:30p.m. when it should be 8p.m. and the 18-month-old who should be...

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Nanowrimo here we go

Taupo as a book cover     As I type, the girls are trying to make the iPad show them something. The 18-month old may fall off the bed and the 5-year old may break the iPad or her sister. Downstairs, Darling Hubby is painting toxic anti-worm treatment on a rosewood wardrobe. Yet I am trying to dash off a blog post. I've realised since starting this blog that I don't post very often. This is because I'm always...

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The Wallpaper in our lives

Last Saturday, I bopped along to another of Toby's wonderful literary salons. A Short 3-hr Brunch Salon for Busy People, on two brilliant short stories: Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' and Alice Munro's 'Runaway'. I regularly rocked up to Toby's salons when she lived in Paris, but even now that she's in London she kindly pops over to blow her/and our minds running 2 or 3 salons in one weekend. What I love about Toby's salons is getting...

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